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BOG OKs $486, $1,778 Tuition Hikes
Some legislators worry
that the BOG's decision
will harm some of the
By Elyse Ashburn
Assistant State & National Editor
The UNC-system Board of
Governors passed a systemwide
tuition increase Wednesday to fund
UNC-system enrollment growth,
but state legislators say they
already are poised to address fund
ing for enrollment increases.
The BOG approved an 8 per
cent systemwide tuition increase for
in-state students and a 12 percent
increase for out-of-state students.
The N.C. General Assembly
must give final approval to all tuition
increase proposals during its short
session, slated to begin May 28.
The board specified that about
80 percent of the almost S4O mil
lion generated by the hike would
fund enrollment growth. The .
remaining 20 percent will be used
for need-based financial aid.
But General Assembly leaders are
considering initiatives that might
eliminate the need for future tuition
increases to fund enrollment growth.
Sen. President Pro Tern Marc
Basnight, D-Dare, and House
Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg,
sent a letter to the board Tuesday
stating that tuition should not be
increased to fund enrollment growth.
“We believe that tuition increas
es should be preserved to fund
needs that enhance the campuses,
not to fund enrollment growth,”
Basnight and Black proposed to
switch system enrollment growth
funding from the state’s expansion
ary budget to its continuation budget.
Items included in the expansion
ary budget must be approved annu
ally, while those included in the
continuation budget are automati-
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Campus Officials Say
Action Will Hurt UNC
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
Chancellorjames Moeser silendy watched
as the UNC-system Board of Governors
approved a $486 tuition increase for UNC-
Chapel Hill’s in-state students Wednesday.
But he and other University officials are
now vocally critical of how the decision
could affect UNC-CH during one of the
state’s worst fiscal crises ever.
The BOG passed a systemwide tuition
increase Wednesday - 8 percent for in-state
students and 12 percent for out-of-state stu
dents - for the UNC system. If the N.C.
General Assembly approves the board’s deci
sions after it reconvenes in May, UNC-CH’s
tuition would increase $lB6 for in-state stu
dents and $1,478 for out-of-state students.
Board members also approved a S3OO
campus-initiated increase for all University
students after voting down a substitute
motion that would have granted UNC-CH
the S4OO hike it initially requested.
BOG members passed the systemwide
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Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Addison Bell, flanked by protesters, presents the committee's tuition
recommendations to the UNC-system Board of Governors on Wednesday. BOG members approved a series of tuition increases.
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UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body President Justin Young and other students
from the UNC system protest tuition hikes at Wednesday's BOG meeting.
increase to generate half of the funds need
ed for enrollment growth in all system
schools - funds that usually would be allo
cated by the state were it not for dismal bud
get projections. Through this formula, UNC
CH stands to lose its own tuition dollars.
The BOG members acted on the assump
tion that the legislature will provide more
than half of the needed enrollment funds this
summer. If that happens, the systemwide
hike will be decreased proportionately.
After the vote, Moeser said UNC-CH stu
dents will bear the brunt of the systemwide
“transfer tax” if the legislature approves the
BOG’s request “I think students are going to
be shocked that a large increase... is not going
to affect their education in Chapel Hill.”
Moeser also said the campus-initiated S3OO
hike will not stabilize on-campus issues like
faculty salaries and graduate student stipends.
Moeser said BOG members used mis
guided logic in assuming that the state will
fully fund system enrollment growth. “These
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51 Student Fee Increase to Fund ASG Approved
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editor
The UNC-system Board of
Governors approved a $1 systemwide
student fee to fund the UNC -system
Association of Student Governments
on Wednesday, despite reservations
from board members about the
The bill passed unanimously with
the provision that ASG President
Andrew Payne and Jeff Davies, UNC
system vice president for finance,
examine the structure of the proposed
professional staff to ensure students
remain in control.
The ASG fee is the first systemwide
student fee increase approved by the
The ASG’s budget is about $2,500.
The $ 1 fee increase would raise it to
Payne said the fee will be budgeted
to several different areas, including
delegate travel expenses and several
full-time professional staff menjbers.
u r want students to have the ability
(to serve) and not have to spend their
own money like I have,” he said.
UNC has nearly a week and a
half to prepare for NCAAs.
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Student Ralliers React to Decision
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Dozens of students gathered at the
UNC-system General Administration
Building on Wednesday to lobby the
UNC-system Board of Governors to
keep tuition as low as possible.
The board approved Wednesday an
8 percent systemwide increase for in
state students and a 12 percent sys
temwide increase for out-of-state stu
dents. The board also approved cam
pus-based tuition increases at schools
throughout the system, including a S3OO
increase at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The systemwide increases will large
ly fund enrollment growth within the
UNC system but could be repealed if
and when the N.C. General Assembly
provides full funding for enrollment
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UNC-system Association of Student Governments President Andrew
Payne speaks with the press about the systemwide fee increase.
“(Lack of funds) pushed some stu
dents out and led some campuses not
Payne said he believes the BOG
would be enhanced by increased par
ticipation from students across the
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By Alex Kaplun
State & National Editor
Amid dozens of student protesters and concerns about the state’s
budget crisis, the UNC-system Board of Governors approved
Wednesday a $486 tuition increase for in-state undergraduate stu
dents at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University.
The plan passed by the BOG also increases out-of-state under
graduate tuition at UNC-CH and N.C. State by $1,778.
For more than three hours Wednesday, the BOG discussed the
merits of both a systemwide tuition increase and campus-initiated
tuition increase requests from individual boards of trustees.
When the dust setded, the board had approved tuition increases
of varying amounts at all 16 UNC-system schools and student fee
increases at all campuses, including a $62.10 increase at UNC-CH.
The board first approved a systemwide 8 percent tuition increase
for in-state students, a total of $lB6 at UNC-CH and N.C. State, and
a 12 percent out-of-state student tuition increase, a total of $1,478 at
the two schools. All tuition increases must be approved by the N.C.
The across-the-board increase was prompted by the UNC system’s
need for SBO million to fund enrollment growth and need-based finan-
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The students, some carrying signs
with statements like “Free as Practicable,
Keep North Carolina Educated,”
packed the board room and listened
quiedy as the BOG debated tuition.
Some students burst into applause
when board members brought up the
importance of keeping tuition low or
outlined opposition to tuition increases.
The students, mostly student leaders
from universities across the UNC sys
tem, had mixed reactions to the board’s
UNC Association of Student
Governments President Andrew Payne,
a nonvoting BOG member, said the
meeting was a success for students.
“I’m glad that the board recognized
that it’s the General Assembly’s respon
sibility to fund enrollment growth,” he
said. “We knocked SIOO off the price.
Anytime we can save cash, that’s a good
“I think it’s bad that the majority of
(ASG) presidents have been from
UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State
(University)," he said. “I dream of the
day -a student from Elizabeth City
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A proposal to raise the campus-initi
ated tuition increase at UNC-CH to
S4OO, the amount originally requested
by the UNC-CH trustees, was defeated
in a 13-13 vote. According to BOG pro
cedure, a tied vote results in a defeat of
Payne said he is also impressed with
the number of students that showed up
for the meeting and the number of cam
“It’s not easy for students to come
from Western Carolina (University) or
from UNC-Wilmington,” he said. “I
think it sends the message that students
are involved and interested, and in the
end, everyone comes out on top.”
But most other students said they are
disappointed by the board’s actions.
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State University can serve on the
Board of Governors.”
But several BOG members
expressed concern about the $95,000
allotted for professional staff members
in ASG’s budget proposal.
Former N.C. Gov. James
Holshouser said he thinks that by
employing a professional staff, student
voice in the ASG might be lost.
He said it will take an extraordi
nary person to not push his agenda
on students after having worked with
several different ASG administra
BOG member John Davis also
expressed concerns about the poten
tial crossover between what the stu
dents need and what a director would
“I think we could be creating a
monster here, and I want to be care
ful," he said.
But Payne said the ASG is struc
tured so that a board of directors,
made up of the student body presi
dents from each of the 16 campuses,
will approve all hiring decisions. He
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